Anything I Chose
Posted on April 25, 2016

Okay, I was told when I arrived in NYC that part of my job was to compose a weekly blog and that I could write about anything I chose. I asked if the topics had to be specifically religious. The response I received was that the phrase “anything I chose” quite literally meant that. In fact, I was told that if I wished, I could write about anything from sporting events to restaurant reviews. However, since I assume you do not read this particular website primarily to learn about those topics, I have tried most of the time to deal with things biblical and theological.

The God of Presence
Posted on April 18, 2016

While recently reading the biography of a famous 20th century performer, I ran across an account of the role entertainment played in helping people cope with the emotional stresses of the Great Depression. The book stated that Vaudeville and movies gave people a brief respite from the fears and strains of daily living, allowing them an emotional oasis where they could escape reality for a couple blessed hours.

Blessed to be a Blessing
Posted on April 11, 2016

Last autumn in a church in Botshabelo, South Africa, I stood with a fellow pastor and talked about life in his land. He lives in a desperately poor community. One out of three people there cannot find any work at all. Many others are called “minimally employed,” barely making enough money to survive. Over half the dwellings do not have running water. Many of those homes are small buildings made from corrugated metal and planks (think of storage units behind our houses where we leave lawnmowers and weedeaters). A thousand people a day in that country die of AIDS. A drought has further affected Botshabelo. There is no lawn at the church where we met, but the congregants carefully and lovingly sweep the dirt to keep the property looking as neat as possible.

Who Holds The Future
Posted on April 4, 2016

Some clichés are worn and weary. Others, however, never lose their punch. One such (to me, at least) is: “We know not what the future holds, but we know Who holds the future.”